Saying that we live in the “information age” seems like an understatement.
There is more information coming at us than ever before. In 2019 YouTube reported that 500 hours of new video content is uploaded every single minute. Yup, every minute. Combine this with news, blogs, radio programs, social media, Netflix, TV, music, movies—the list goes on, and that’s a whole lot of info.
Plus, it’s never been so easy to access so much information in an instant. (In case you’re interested, the average smart phone user checks their device 110 times a day.)
But here’s the thing. When you gorge on information, you’re too full for wisdom.
For some reason, we often feel compelled to be experts on all the latest news and current events. Think “news junkie” or “current-events junkie.” Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be informed. Being informed is good, especially as we try to thoughtfully engage with a changing and challenging world. But jam-packing our brains with information is not the same thing as being wise.
Paul gave this counsel to the Ephesians: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).
It could have been written yesterday. Don’t be foolish. Don’t rush. Use sound judgment. Understand what the Lord’s will is. Proceed accordingly.
When you gorge on information, you’re too full for wisdom.
By Matthew Ruttan
–“Five weapons in the war against fear.” This is an article I wrote based on a sermon from March 29, 2020 which was published this week by The Gospel Coalition Canada. Click here to read. Enjoy! (And be fortified.)
–Today’s devotional is connected with my most recent sermon: “You can’t stand on quicksand.” You can access YouTube or audio-only download options here.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.